My bags are packed. I’m ready to go. There’s just a tiny bit of room left in the carry-on before I venture to a balmy deserted island for who knows how long… Just me and copious amounts of kale, garlic, figs, and olives. You know, when I put it like that, it doesn’t sound too bad. With a tiny bit of room remaining, it’s time to add my top five nuts and seeds.
Like the rebel that I am, I’m starting with peanuts. “But,” you say, “that’s actually a legume!” Oh, yeah. That’s how I roll. I’m not afraid to be a rebel and bring a legume disguised as a nut. Humble peanuts may not be as prized as other more expensive nuts and seeds, but they’re deliciously tasty, fatty, and heart healthy. They’re a fun added crunch in Thai noodle stir-fries or topped on kale or green beans in a peanut sauce. Peanuts in butter form are a great sandwich to mention when people say, “Vegan? What do you eat?” Just point to the PB&J. “See? You’ve eaten ‘vegan food’ for years. You just didn’t call it that.” Peanut butter is wonderful in smoothies, slathered onto bananas and apples, dotted into pancake batter and cookie dough, or spread onto celery sticks old school-style and dotted with raisins. Yes, vegans can eat “ants on a log.” I checked the rule book.